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    First time trap-out/rob-out question

    I am on the start of my third week of a screened-cone style trap-out on an old house nearby. It has gone very well, and I have gotten two hives boxes of bees from the house. The amount of bees...
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    Re: Will long smoking force swarming?

    I'll do that. Thanks F.S. If they are surviving well in that tree they may good genetics that I should be patient and capture as they grow and swarm. I'm going to pick up some bees next week that are...
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    Re: Hives in full sun

    I guess I always think of trees when I think of a bee's natural home. The inside of a tree seems like a humid area with little ventilation. Not ideal conditions I would think. A tree seems like it...
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    Re: Hives in full sun

    I just spent a bunch of time bulldozing into a sumac grove to make sure I had dappled sunlight. Why all the hype about dappled sunlight?:doh:
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    Re: Will long smoking force swarming?

    Loonerone, I'm with you on this. It is amazing to have bees on my own land, and I think they are doing well in the tree. If they swarm naturally, would you be okay with me capturing and keeping those...
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    Re: Will long smoking force swarming?

    Hi Jer733,

    I'm taking things slowly like you advised. I'm getting my apiary ready for next year, bulldozed an area way back in our yard under some sumac trees. I just seeded the area and reading...
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    Re: Catalpa Tree p2

    The catalpa trees here in Western, NY bloomed the day before yesterday. The forecast has been four days of rain. Many of the early blossoms have been knocked off. The rain is still coming down, so I...
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    Re: Red or White clover to plant for nectar?

    From the post given by ChickenChaser (thanks) I see that ball clover is an excellent clover. I checked with the link given by Brent from Bee Culture site and it makes it clear that ball clover is...
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    Re: Red or White clover to plant for nectar?

    Wow Brent! I've just learned more than I thoughy I ever would about stuff I had no idea existed - with regard to all the bee info I have been trying to absorb. Now I'm going to learn a ton about...
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    Red or White clover to plant for nectar?

    I'm going to plant some clover on my property. Is one clover better than the other for bees? Thanks for any help.
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    Re: Catalpa/Catalba Tree as a nectar source?

    From what i have read they send up one main shoot that will become a single tree. The second tree is susceptible to knock downs in strong wind because it has grown from the side of the adult stump. I...
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    Re: Will long smoking force swarming?

    Josh, when you say offset by eight inches would you make the cone so it doesn't sit square against the tree, but at an angle that places the new opening eight inches out of alignment? Would you angle...
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    Re: Will long smoking force swarming?

    Thanks to all for the great advice. I'll check out the video and pictures. It is very interesting to find that they will go back and get all the honey out of the tree. They won't see the tree as...
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    Re: Will long smoking force swarming?

    Oh, I mean to say that they have an established home in the tree. I was wondering if I could force them to abscond. I thought I might trick them into thinking that the woods were on fire and they...
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    Re: Will long smoking force swarming?

    Perhaps I should be patient and wait until the colony swarms naturaly. I'm just getting into beekeeping. I'm reading all I can and find it all very fascinating. This new found iterest has all...
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    Re: Will long smoking force swarming?

    Absconding, yes. Would they all pack up and leave as if there were a forest fire? They would be doomed without the queen so it seems she would eventually form-up the group until the scouts found a...
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    Will long smoking force swarming?

    Could I build an enclosed trap, attach it to the tree, slowly smoke the bees over a period of hours creating a swarm including the queen? Would I know I had the queen if the bees in the trap formed a...
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    Re: Catalpa/Catalba Tree as a nectar source?

    The catalpa trees on my property were planted as a fence row about a hundred years ago. They're kind of big. They're not native to New York State, but were planted here for fence post due to rot...
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    Re: Catalpa/Catalba Tree as a nectar source?

    I'm excited to hear that catalpa trees are a good source of necture. I'm taking this season to learn all I can about beekeeping. Next season I will start. The cool thing is, on our two acres there...
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